Have you heard all of buzz about the inaugural 2019 National AntiRacist Book Festival yet? This ticketed event will be taking place on Saturday April 27, 2019 on AU’s Washington College of Law campus in the neighborhood of Tenleytown, Washington, D.C. The event is hosted by American University’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center.
Along with nationally renowned writers, journalists, poets, and scholars who have recently published critically acclaimed books, the festival will include workshops for aspiring writers with leading literary agents and book editors. This year’s inaugural festival primarily features authors of anti-black racism and its intersections. There will also be free workshops for educators and youth, and workshops on photography and self-care.
“The inaugural Antiracist Bookfest will offer one of the most distinguished lineups of anti-racist authors ever assembled for a book festival,” said National Book Award-winning author Ibram X. Kendi, the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. “We are making history with this incredible collection of bestselling, award-winning and popular authors, who often headline events. We are delighted they each agreed to come together and launch the Antiracist Bookfest, while supporting our work in the Antiracist Research and Policy Center.”
Sample of authors in attendance:
National Book Critics Circle Award-winning historian Carol Anderson
National Magazine Award-winning reporter Shane Bauer
Bancroft Prize-winning Yale historian David Blight New York Times bestselling-author Robin DiAngelo
National Book Award Finalist Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Award-winning Harvard professor and filmmaker Henry Louis Gates New York Times bestselling-author Morgan Jerkins
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tyehimba Jess
Award-winning Washington Post editor Steve Luxenberg
Nationally renowned Campaign Zero Co-Founder DeRay McKesson New York Times bestselling author Ijeoma Oluo New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds
Award-winning poet and writer Clint Smith
PEN Open Book Award winner Nafissa Thompson-Spires New York Times bestselling author D. Watkins
National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jacqueline Woodson Very Smart Brothas Cofounder Damon Young
Ticketed portions of the festival will include author panel discussions and workshops for aspiring writers. All proceeds from ticket sales for the Antiracist Bookfest will go to the work of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, started at AU in fall 2017. The center is based on a new vision of change that’s grounded in historical revelation and focuses on policy change.
A baby book highlighting the life of Anandi Gopal Joshi, the first Indian woman to receive a western medical degree and a trailblazer for women's rights and education.
The second board book in the Our Legendary Ladies series, this board book introduces tiny readers (ages birth – 4 and up) to Anandi Gopal Joshi. Born on March 31, 1865, Anandi Gopal Joshi was one of the first Indian female physicians.
Joshi was married at the age of just nine, which was common in 19th century India, to a man 20 years older than her. She gave birth to their first child when she was 14, but her baby son died 10 days later due to a lack of medical care for women. The death of her son served as her motivation to study medicine.
During a time when it was unthinkable for a woman to get an education, Anandi defied the odds and came to America to study medicine at the Women’s College of Philadelphia. She later returned to India and received special recognition and congratulations from Queen Victoria. Anandi dreamed of opening a medical college for women, but due to an early death from tuberculosis on 26 February, 1887, her dream was never realized. She died at the age of 21.
In 1997, a crater on the planet Venus was named after Anandi by the International Astronomical Union. She is one of the few notable to receive this honor.
Although Anandi’s life was short lived and she is lesser-known, she was a true inspiration and pioneer of her time.
About the Our Legendary Ladies Book Series The books are written by Megan Callea and illustrated by Jennifer Howard. For each featured lady in this book series, a leading historian signs off on the final version of the book. Each book is well researched and fact checked for accuracy. In addition, for each book purchased, a portion of the proceeds, and books, will be donated to these non-profits: Bright by Three, Jumpstart and Operation Showers of Appreciation. Following Anandi Gopal Joshi, future Our Legendary Ladies books will include Sacagawea, Amelia Earhart and Anne Frank.
We’re excited to collaborate with Little Likes Kids today and let you know about this kid-friendly company!
Founded by a mom in 2018, Little Likes Kids™ makes high quality, eco-friendly puzzles, games and other products for kids age 6 and under. They are bringing to a mass market, beautifully-illustrated and lovingly designed toys inspired by—and truly reflective of—the lives of today’s kids. Their products feature recognizable and happy scenes which makes it easy for all parents and caregivers to buy toys that celebrate their kids’ world! Little Likes Kids™ was founded by a mom who wanted toy options for her son that reflected his and his friends’ experiences.
1. Follow @littlelikeskids on Instagram 2. Like any post on the @littlelikeskids Instagram page, tag two friends and leave hashtag #hereforfun (Note: Be sure to include the hashtag so they’ll know you’re responding to our giveaway.) Contest ends on Thursday, February 28th at 11:59 PM EST Good Luck!
I’ve been blogging for four years now and while I’ve connected with some really awesome women online, I can’t help but think where are all the men book lovers?
I know there are men out there who enjoy books as much as women do, but it’s apparent that the bookstagram community on Instagram is dominated by females. (I’m guessing that’s case in the publishing industry as a whole.) That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it just makes me wonder why aren’t there more male bookstagrammers, book bloggers and influencers? I don’t know about you, but I’d love to hear the male perspective on books every once in a while. I think there’s something sexy about a man who continuously reads for pleasure in his personal life beyond the academic years. Equally as sexy is a man who reads books with his children during story time. Bonus points if he does it without being asked to!
I went on a hunt to find a few male bookish accounts, but my search came up short with only a handful of the guys listed below. If you know any men book bloggers/influencers or bookstagrammers please give them a shout out in the comments and I’ll add them to the list. Help me build up a list of male book lovers (and eye candy)…please!
While diversity in publishing has been at the forefront of some conversations in the publishing industry as of late, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. It’s no secret the publishing remains a majority White middle-class dominated industry. For example, according to Lee and Low’s Diversity Gap in Children’s Books annual survey, Black, Latinx, and Native authors combined wrote just 7% of new children’s books published in 2018.
So the question remains, what can we (the general public) do to help?
One of the most important things we can do is support, read and help promote minority voices and diverse/inclusive books and the publishers who create them. This includes purchasing books from independent bookstores or online and borrowing books from your local library. If your bookstore or library doesn’t have the book you are looking for request it so they know there is a demand. If you don’t have the budget to buy books, use the library.
Oftentimes, I request my local libraries to order books, even if we already own it or I plan to buy a copy for our home collection. This way it will be added to the library’s collection and someone who can’t afford it will have the chance to read it. I think of it as a nice way to pay it forward to others and still support diverse literature.
Below I’ve rounded up a list of book publishers who support and specialize in publishing diverse and inclusive books. While I’m aware many of the larger publishing houses also publish diverse books, this list focuses on: some larger publishers who exclusively publish diverse books, diverse imprints of larger publishing houses, and some smaller/independent publishers who publish diverse books. You can find most of these publishers on social media including: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. If you find a new publisher from this list, give them a follow!
Agate Bolden – Publishes adult and children’s books that focus on African American writers, fiction and nonfiction. Amistad – The oldest publisher dedicated to multicultural voices. Publishes picture books through young adult works by and about people of African descent that discuss historical and cultural themes. An imprint of HarperCollins. Baobab Publishing – An independent publishing company that specializes in creating quality multicultural children’s books. Barefoot Books – Publishes books that “open windows to other cultures and perspectives, while also providing children of all backgrounds and abilities with a much-needed mirror of their own experiences.” Beach House Publishing – Publishes board, picture and chapter books that caters to Hawaiian children Bharat Babies – Publishes children’s books about India with a story for everyone. Brown Girls Books – Publishes adult and children’s books written by Black female authors. Black owned. Caribbean Reads – Publishes children’s and adult books that feature Caribbean authors and/or Caribbean themes. Cassava Republic Press – Publishes fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children specializing in catering to African writing. Cinco Puntos – With roots on the U.S./Mexico border, Cinco Puntos publishes great books which make a difference in the way you see the world.
Denene Millner Books – An imprint of Agate Publishing that publishes books specifically for children of color Feminist Press – Publishes books to amplify women’s rights and feminist perspectives Flamingo Rampant – Publishes feminist, racially-diverse, LGBTQ+ positive children’s books Groundwood Books – A publisher committed to publishing books for and about children whose experiences of the world are under-represented elsewhere. Highwater Press – Publishes a broad range of authentic Indigenous-authored stories. A rich mix of novels, graphic novels, and children’s books, these captivating and exceptional award-winning titles will challenge and engage readers of all ages. Inhabit Media – An inuit-owned publishing company that aims to promote and preserve the stories, knowledge and talent of northern Canada. Interlude Press – An award-winning boutique publisher of LGBTQ+ general and romantic fiction. Just Us Books – Publishes books for children of color Kamehameha Publishing – Publishes adult and children’s books that amplify Hawaiian perspectives, culture and language. KitaabWorld – A publishing company passionate about making South Asian children’s literature more accessible and easily available in the US. They advocate to spread awareness about South Asian culture, and provide resources for teachers, librarians and parents. Kokila – An imprint of Penguin Random House that brings together an inclusive community of authors and illustrators, publishing professionals, and readers to examine and celebrate stories that reflect the richness of our world. They publish children’s and young adult books. Lantana Publishing – Publishes award-winning diverse and inclusive children’s books that celebrate children in the UK school system who identify as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME). Lee and Low Books – The largest publisher of award-winning diverse board, picture and chapter books for children. Lee and Low makes a special effort to work with unpublished authors and illustrators of color. Lil’ Libros – Promotes bilingualism and Latin American culture through picture board books. Make Me a World – A forthcoming 2019 imprint that will publish books that “open up new worlds, possibilities, and pathways for young readers of all ages. Focused on bringing voices of diverse thinkers and artists from all walks of life” into the limelight. Marimba Books – A multicultural children’s book imprint of Just Us Books dedicated to publishing titles that reflect America’s diversity Melanin Origins – Publishes quality educational materials which inspire young minds to aspire for excellence while embracing their heritage. Black owned. Nothing But the Truth Publishing – An independent publishing house specializing in books written by diverse female authors. Orca Book Publishers – An independently owned Canadian children’s book publisher who publishes award-winning diverse books Penny Candy Books – A small publishing house that honors diversity and fosters big conversations. Piñata Books – A publisher dedicated to the realistic and authentic portrayal of the themes, languages, characters and customs of Hispanic culture in the United States. Plum Street Press – A New Orleans based publisher that publishes books for children of color just being everyday kids Red Bone Press – Publishes work celebrating the cultures of black lesbians and gay men, and work that further promotes understanding between black gays and lesbians and the black mainstream. Read and Glow Books – A publishing company specializing in helping to empower and inspire children “to take pride in their individuality, and to see the beauty of their true selves”. Black owned. Saffron Press – Publishes diverse books specializing in inspiring citizens of change Salaam Reads – A Muslim children’s book imprint from Simon & Schuster Sankofa Books – An imprint of Just Us Books dedicated to publishing out of print diverse children’s books Second Story Press – Publishes feminist-inspired books for young readers and adults Shade Mountain Press Specializes in literature written by women — particularly women of color, women with disabilities, women from working-class backgrounds, and women who identify queer/lesbian/bisexual. Stone Bridge Press – Publishes books about Asians with an emphasis on Japanese culture. The Road Runner Press – A publisher dedicated to publishing juvenile + adult titles by Native Americans. Third World Press – Publishes books for African-American children, young adults and adults. Black owned. Tiny Owl Publishing – Publishes high quality picture books promoting cultural diversity. Based in the UK. Tu Books – An imprint of Lee and Low Books that publishes diverse middle grade and YA books. Versify – An imprint of HMH books started by Newbery Award–winning author Kwame Alexander. Features diverse books for children and young adults. Yali Books – An independent publisher of picture books, young adult books and graphic novels with a focus on South Asian cultures.
Your turn: Did you learn about any new publishers after reading this list? What publishers would you add to this list? Feel free to share in the comments.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by The Harlem Globetrotters and US Family Guide who provided us with tickets to the show. We appreciate their support that allows us to share information about events we think your family may enjoy. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.
This Black History Month we had the pleasure of attending a Harlem Globetrotters basketball game. We had an awesome family day at The XL Center in Hartford, CT watching The Harlem Globetrotters take on the exhibition team, The Washington Generals.
The Harlem Globetrotters have been a staple of family entertainment throughout the country since 1926. Their creativity and genuine showmanship have excited generations of fans and created a lasting impact on American sports culture. If you’re looking to spend some quality time together as a family and be entertained, attending a Harlem Globetrotters game (at least once in your lifetime) is a must!
This was our family’s first time going to one of their games and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The tricks, the comedy, the dancing, the music – they really put on an amazing show. My favorite part of the game was the slow motion re-enactment that involved the entire audience and players. It really looked like everything was happening in slow motion – so cool! The kids favorite part was watching “Hot Shot” standing on top of the basketball hoop and watching “Hammer” perform the song “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen. So many memorable moments!
In addition to enjoying the game, we also used our family outing as a Black history lesson. We talked to the kids about the history of the team from the 1920’s to present day. Since the Globetrotters are an all Black team, we also mentioned some of the racism the team faced over the years due to segregation laws.
Overall, a great time was had by all of us. The Globetrotters proved they are not only wonderful basketball players, but excellent entertainers too! Their comedy is fun an family-friendly and they are crazy talented too!
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Your turn: Has your family ever been to a Harlem Globetrotters basketball game? Feel free to share in the comments.
Formed in 1926 by Abe Saperstein, The Harlem Globetrotters are legendary worldwide and famous for their one-of-a-kind family entertainment. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers.
This weekend we’re taking our kids to have their first-ever basketball experience with the Harlem Globetrotters. I couldn’t be more excited to go since it will be our family’s first Harlem Globetrotters basketball game. I’ve always wanted to go witness their one-of-a-kind basketball artistry live in person and now we have the opportunity to go.
I’m ready to see all of the dribbling, the dunking, and the comedy that will be on full display. It is sure to be a family-fun experience for us all and I love that we’re going to a game during Black History Month. What better time to go and support and all Black basketball team! Not only will it be exciting, but also a learning experience to teach the kids about the tremendous impact the Harlem Globetrotters have had on the world both on and off the court.
Does your family also want to pay homage by seeing this one-of-a-kind family entertainment experience live?